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Susan Clare, a partner in the Trial and Global Disputes Practice, is the Co-Chair of the Automotive and Transportation Litigation Team.  Susan represents clients in the automotive/transportation, life sciences, and consumer products industries in high-exposure product liability, mass tort, and other complex litigation.

With experience in all phases of complex litigation, Susan represents companies in individual, class action and multi-district proceedings in federal and state courts across the country.

She is skilled at handling the types of issues that frequently accompany the highest-exposure matters, such as cases involving recalled and foreign-manufactured products, media attention, government investigations, allegations of consumer fraud, jurisdictional challenges, insurance disputes, and extensive expert discovery.

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United States > Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation

In addition to King & Spalding LLP‘s regulatory, enforcement and policy expertise, its automotive and transportation practice houses specialists in complex litigation and government investigations. In recent years, the group has been highly involved in the headline diesel-related issues surrounding the automotive industry. In Washington DC environmental law expert Granta Nakayama co-leads the team and is regularly sought out by automakers facing high-profile diesel-related issues and litigation. Co-head John Hooper in New York is a complex litigation specialist; Chicago-based Livia Kiser is a vehicle component expert; and Susan Vargas in Los Angeles litigates high-exposure cases. Atlanta’s Susan Clare predominantly represents automotive manufacturers and transportation companies. In 2021, Jackie Glassman left the firm, while former counsel Christie Iannetta also departed.

United States > Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: automotive/transport

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Able to leverage a trial-ready approach should the need arise, King & Spalding LLP is well-equipped to provide a ‘very effective‘ service to major automotive manufacturers (including Honda, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz) across a wide array of their highest-stakes product liability and mass action litigation. This experience includes cases consolidated in federal multi-district litigation (MDL) proceedings, as well as individual and class actions in separate federal and state courts throughout the length and breadth of the country. New York-based John Hooper  has longstanding expertise in the sector, including his ongoing representation of Toyota across a range of product liability matters, including on the negotiation of a settlement resolving claims that the company’s hybrid Prius cars were prone to stalling. Susan Clare  in Atlanta co-heads the auto and transport litigation group alongside Hooper and her broad practice includes acting as strategic counsel to automotive manufacturers in connection with hundreds of consumer fraud and breach of warranty cases.